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The Heart, Its Tendency to Evil, with Hints towards its Purification, 1870

The Heart, Its Tendency to Evil, with Hints towards its Purification, 1870

Regular price $200.00 USD
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The Heart of Man: Either Temple of God or Habitation of Satan is a work “calculated to awaken & promote a Christian disposition.” It invokes highly figural, emblematic imagery to depict various states of the soul. The original German work by Johannes Gossner was first published in 1812 but the images were based on an earlier Catholic emblem book from the 1500s or 1600s. Gossner had originally been Catholic, but was ousted for his evangelical tendencies & eventually became a Protestant.

This is an English language version by Reverend David George Goyder in 1870, retitled “The Heart, Its Tendency to Evil, with Hints towards its Purification.” It contains six allegorical plates & an extra “discourse on human responsibility.” Condition is very good with some edgewear, owner’s inscription on the front flyleaf, and genealogical details written beneath by a descendant. The textblock is clean, although the binding is slightly loose. Overall it’s been well kept for a book that was clearly read and treasured. 

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